I hate spam comments, and usually my spam blocker does a pretty good job at catching them. However, I’ve recently been a little over run with spam. Here are a few things I do to ensure that they don’t make it on to the site.
- Always set up your site to approve comments before they appear on your site.
- Use some of the freely available spam blocking plugins from WordPress such as Akismet.
- When approving posts, if the comment is a decent one but it’s obviously just meant to get a back link and is somewhat off topic, I’ll just edit the comment taking out any of the url info. Note: I only do this on obvious spam comments, and I’m happy to leave in links to well thought out and/or genuine comments.
- You can always blacklist an IP address as well if you notice the same person leaving several spam comments.
How do you know if a comment is just a spam or a cheap attempt at a back link? Answer in the affirmative to any of the points below, and you’ve got yourself spam most likely.
- Does the comment have nothing to do with the post or page it’s posted on?
- Does the email address or link belong to a business or an individual? (I don’t necessarily mind a business if they are posting a genuine question/comment)
- Is the comment a one liner that is poorly spelled? Again, this doesn’t always mean spam, but trash it unless it’s a genuine question regarding the topic.
- Is the comment a generic one that could easily work on any blog? Common ones include things like, “I really see where you are going with this and agree.” or “Great content on here…” You’ll notice when this occurs most often when they appear on a page or post that doesn’t quite match the content of the comment.
Hope that helps, and if you plan to leave a spam comment on this site, you’re comment might make it on, but your link won’t. I LOVE genuine comments or questions, though, so please always feel free to post those.
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